Professor Jim Morgan is a Civil/Structural/Earthquake Engineer with over 40 years experience. He has experience with post disaster assessment of structures after earthquakes and hurricanes, and has completed a variety of retrofit projects related to controlling machine vibration. In addition, he worked for approximately 20 years in the general area of highway safety focusing primarily on crash cushions, break-away sign supports, bridge and guardrails, and in providing safe work zones along highway rights of way.
Jim has expertise in:
structural analysis and design
structural dynamics and design for dynamic hazards
Reza Mahinroosta is a Chartered Professional Engineer (Civil, Leadership and Management). He has a combined professional and academic experience in Geotechnical/Dam Engineering. He is passionate and resourceful dam engineer with near to 15 years diverse experience in analysis, design and construction supervision of more than 20 large dams.
He designed tunnels in both soil and rock media and supervised the design of shafts and caverns for three large hydropower projects. He applied several methods of ground improvement techniques in strengthening foundations. He designed pile foundation and micro piles and a variety of geosynthetics material for soil reinforcement, water tightening and water drainage.
During his term at Mahab Ghodss Consulting Engineering, he led the department of soil and rock mechanics with over 30 professional geotechnical engineers and he served as a member of the technical committee. He oversaw geotechnical design reports and drawing maps of aqueduct systems and railway tunnels.
Reza has experience in:
stability analysis of soil and rock slopes
design and rehabilitation of dams
monitoring and instrumentation of geo-structures
earthquake analysis of geo-structures
competent user of geotechnical software such as PLAXIS, GEOSTUDIO, UDEC and FLAC.
Joshua Devitt is a civil engineer with over 14 years’ experience working in the NSW local government sector. He has significant experience in the delivery of multi-faceted civil engineering projects and has been involved with every stage of the project delivery process including:
Liaising with state and federal government funding agencies
Dr Miao Li has a PhD degree in Civil Engineering, a Master’s degree in Geological Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Geology. Dr Miao Li is currently appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering at the Charles Sturt University.
Prior to this appointment, Dr Li was a Research Fellow at the Smart Water Research Centre, Griffith University, working on a research project entitled: “Validation of maturation ponds/lagoons in order to enhance safe and economical water recycling Regional and Remote Water Security”. Dr Li was the primary researcher for maturation ponds hydrodynamic modelling integrated with water quality modelling using MIKE 3.
Dr Li’s expertise also extends to transient structure analysis, including the interaction between structures and waves, wind and earthquakes modelling, in the offshore environment for offshore wind turbines.
Dr Miao Li has expertise in:
hydrodynamic modelling using MIKE 3
transient nonlinear structural analysis using ANSYS
numerical modelling using the Finite Element Method and the Scaled Boundary Finite Element Method
wave-structure interaction analysis
infrastructure analysis for renewable (e.g. wind) energy.
Lalantha Senevirathna is an Environmental Engineer with over 10 years of field experience. He has been involved with number of water and wastewater treatment projects in Australia, Japan, Thailand and Sri Lanka.
Lalantha is a chartered environmental Engineer and he has contributed to overcome several emerging environmental issues such as PFAS contamination in Australia and Japan and reservoir nitrification issue in Sydney water.
Peter Thew is a Structural Engineer with over 18 years’ experience in the field. He is experienced in steel and concrete design for all structures and buildings up to 5 stories and in timber for smaller structures. He also conducts structural assessments of existing buildings to determine their safety and adequacy for service, or to design repairs and upgrades.
Peter is an expert in forensic engineering, including analysis of failures and assessment of historic structures. Prior to his appointment at CSU Peter started and led the structural engineering division at Geolyse, a mid-sized consultancy in NSW. As the technical director of a construction company in Pakistan from 2007 to 2012 he oversaw the design and construction of several schools, hospitals and houses, plus the assessment or repairs of embassy buildings, steel canopies and power stations.
Specific past roles include being responsible for maintenance for Dams in Northern NSW and structural engineering for a NSW engineering consultant. Along with personnel management skills, he brings a depth of experience in structural engineering.
Shara Cameron is a civil engineer specialising in water engineering with more than ten years experience. She has worked for several engineering consultancies conducting water and civil assessments and preparing designs for government and private clients. She has experience in flood studies, stormwater harvesting and reuse schemes, catchment and channel modelling, water balance assessments, hydraulic structures and subdivision design projects. For the past three years she has taught civil engineering in the innovative Master of Civil Systems course at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst.
Dr Karthika Pillai has a PhD in Coastal Engineering and completed her Master in Construction Technology and Management wherein her research focussed on breakwater structures. She worked in the infrastructure development industry for three years prior to her PhD and she was involved in the preparation of tender documents, logistic plans and methods for the construction of major road and metro rail projects in India. Furthermore, she was engaged in teaching civil engineering prior to and during her PhD.
Her areas of strong expertise are wave structure interaction, physical model testing, development of prediction models and the study of climate change impacts.
Karthika is looking forward to her role at Charles Sturt to give back to the society by sharing her technical, industrial and academic experience to foster a generation of engineers who are eager to serve the society.
Dr Saeed Shaeri has a PhD degree in Coastal Engineering, a Master’s degree in Marine Structure Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil engineering. Before commencing his PhD research in 2012, Saeed was involved in projects dealing with study and construction of fishing, commercial and leisure ports and harbours (for their breakwater, dredging operation and logistic yard), and offshore structure (e.g. oil platforms and jackets), all of which encompassed computerised simulation (of wave, current, and sediment transport).
Saeed’s specialist expertise is the hydro-sedimentological evolution of small tidal inlets, including establishment of numerical models capable of predicating the change of inlet entrance as a result of changes in environmental forcing and physical constraints.